Mister Scarlet from Wow Comics #2, artist Jack Binder
|First appearance||Wow Comics #1 (Dec. 1940)|
|Created by||France Herron (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
|Alter ego||Brian Butler
Pinkerton "Pinky" Butler
|Team affiliations||Squadron of Justice
|Abilities||Olympic level athlete
Keen investigative skills
Use of utility belt
Mr. Scarlet is a fictional, comic book superhero published by DC Comics. Brian Butler, the original Mister Scarlet, debuted in Wow Comics #1 (cover-dated Dec. 1940), and was created by France Herron and Jack Kirby.
Mr. Scarlet, created by writer France Herron and artist Jack Kirby debuted in Fawcett Comics' Wow Comics #1 (Dec. 1940) and was the cover feature for five issues of that anthology comic. He later appeared in Fawcett's Mary Marvel #9 (Feb. 1947). After the Fawcett properties were acquired by National Comics Publications, the future DC Comics, Mr. Scarlet appeared in Justice League of America #135-137 (Oct.-Dec. 1976).
Fictional character biography
Mr. Scarlet is district attorney Brian Butler, who along with his adopted son Pinky the Whiz Kid, fought evil in his city for several years. His success was such that his employment was frequently in jeopardy due to a lack of crime. As a result, he throughout his series took up several odd jobs to supplement his family's income. He used inventive devices to help him apprehend criminals, and had great acrobatic and hand-to-hand combatant skills.
In his first appearance in Wow Comics #1, Brian was based in Gotham City. This may be the first use of the name of this city in comics. Later retcons established Mr. Scarlet's base in either New York City or Fawcett City.
Although initially appearing in the 1940s, Mr. Scarlet and Pinky were revealed to still be active and at relatively the same age level in the 1970s during a team-up with the Justice League of America and Justice Society of America in Justice League of America 135-137. It was during this team-up that the two crime-fighters joined with several other heroes to form Shazam's Squadron of Justice.
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Pinky Butler is revealed to have taken over the identity of his father Mr. Scarlet after his death, having been active in Fawcett City for several years. It is also revealed how they retained their youth since the 1940s, as the wizard Shazam provided a protective field around the city for decades allowing its inhabitants to age slower than their contemporaries in other cities.
Pinky first appeared as Mr. Scarlet in Power of Shazam #44.
- A new version of Mr. Scarlet appeared in Elseworlds' Kingdom Come and The Kingdom miniseries'. Mr. Scarlet is drawn as a bright red devil of a man known for hanging out at Titans Tower bar with Matrix, the new Joker's daughter, and the new Thunder. He has a large crest running down his hood, based on the fin on the original's cowl.